Posted by: tootingtrumpet | November 15, 2010

India vs New Zealand Second Test Day Four – The final over of the day

A straight six yesterday

Ball One – Harbhajan Singh, having been a handy hitter who made a few scores, has quite suddenly become a source of vital runs down the order. Players with a good eye can sometimes get lucky and make a century, but to do it twice cannot be luck. A little like Matt Prior, it seems that he may be in danger of losing the edge of one discipline as the other improves, as Harbhajan’s bowling still looks flat, rolling rather than ripping the ball out of the hand.

Ball Two – Knowing one’s game is a key element of success with the bat and Tim McIntosh shows every sign of understanding his game and having the discipline to stick to it. After many years of trying openers and discarding them, New Zealand may have found one.

Ball Three – Good fielding is a mark of high morale and, conversely, poor fielding is a sign of low morale. With a very useful and somewhat unexpected lead, India started the New Zealand’s second innings with misfields and returns well off target and at Dhoni’s feet. Even if this is a misinterpretation, it is likely that New Zealand’s morale was raised by seeing their opponents so shoddy in their work.

Ball Four – At the other end, Brendon McCullum looks to play like Sehwag, but lacks the talent. But if he can ease himself into the opener’s role by improving his shot selection, he has the attacking options to be, if not another Sehwag, certainly another Gayle.

Ball Five – With New Zealand’s opening partnership achieving its objective of overhauling the deficit, Tim McIntosh may have lost a little concentration and under-edged a sweep onto his pad and on to short leg. Or maybe it was glove. Or maybe not. Multiple camera options were inconclusive, but Simon Taufel is the best umpire on the circuit and he must have seen, or heard, something. However, it just didn’t look quite right.

Ball Six – Has there ever been more straight sixes hit in a Test? Everyone loves the long ball and the best kind is the one that is lifted back over the bowler’s head. Hard to know quite why this wicket has provoked such shots, but the crowd won’t complain.

The Tooting Trumpet, whom you can often find at Testmatchsofa.com and on Twitter at @garynaylor999 and @Fakeadil.

 

 

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Responses

  1. Great fight by NZ. All done with next to no help from Taylor. From nowhere they suddenly have the makings of a decent batting lineup aged mostly mid 20s to Mcintosh 30 and Williamson 20.

  2. And Ryder was due a failure, but he’s an outstanding bat already and could be a great.

  3. The Indian bowling (barring Zaheer Khan), and fielding have been below par in this series, and Dhoni’s stale captaincy is showing too.

    This is not to take away any thing from NZ batting, especially McCullum.Ryder, I am not too sure.He has been an India specialist so far.

  4. The straight boundaries are short.

  5. tootingtrumper,
    You seem to lose steam on the 5th day of test matches. Is that intentional?

    • You’re right kaminey. Unless there is a result (or a decent chance of one), I find that it’s quite hard to get six talking points out of a match long since consigned to a draw. I never want to force these “Final Overs” so I prefer to leave such days free for comment below the line if posters wish to do so.

      For The Ashes, I’ll be writing report cards at the end of each Test to close the narrative.


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